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English Conversation – Memory

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 02:11 PM
posted by Jo


This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about memory. Watch an incredible video about a man who has a thirty second memory and the impact this has upon his life. Learn key expressions, phrases and idioms about memory and remembering and discover how to answer the most common conversation questions about this fascinating subject.


  • Apart from the difficulties shown on the video, what other difficulties do you think Clive would have on a day to day basis?
  • Why do you think he can play the piano despite his condition?

Idioms, Expressions and Phrases

  • A trip down memory lane – to remember some of the happy things that you did in the past
  • Commit something to memory – to memorise something
  • If my memory serves me correctly – if I have remembered correctly
  • To jog someone’s memory – to stimulate someone’s memory to recall something
  • To have a memory/mind like a sieve – to be very bad at remembering things
  • To refresh your memory – to help you remember something

Conversation Questions:

  • Do you have a good memory or a bad memory
  • Do you usually remember things or forget things?
  • Would you like to have a perfect memory? How would it change your life?
  • What's your earliest memory?
  • What's your most vivid memory?
  • Have you ever forgotten something important?
  • As people grow older, sometimes the distant past is easier to remember than the near past. Why do you think this is?
  • Are there some things or times that you will never forget?
  • Those who forget the past will repeat it. What do you think this means?
  • Many people find that a certain sound or smell brings back a childhood memory very strongly. Has this ever happened to you?
  • Many people find that visiting certain place brings back a childhood memory very strongly. Has this ever happened to you?
  • Do you have a good memory or a bad memory?
  • Why do you think some people can remember names well while others remember numbers well?
  • Do you train your memory?
  • What do you need your memory most for?
  • If you had to choose between keeping your short term or your long term memory and losing the other, which would you choose?
  • What do you think would be the worst part about losing your memory, for example, in the case of dementia?
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